Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 22

The Wire (8 May 1994)

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Dr. Bashir fights to save Garak's life when a device implanted in his brain, designed to alleviate pain in the event of torture, begins to malfunction and is slowly killing him.



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Episode credited cast:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Glinn Boheeka
Ann Gillespie ...
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Susan Henley ...
Command division officer
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Garak and Bashir are waiting in line in the mess hall when suddenly Bashir notices Garak is not feeling well. He seems to be having some kind of a seizure but refuses treatment. Bashir remains concerned, especially after he shows some weird behavior. He sees Garak doing a business transaction with Quark, getting himself drunk in the bar and finally collapsing. An examination shows he has an implant in his head. Garak has no other option than to tell the truth. He got secret information and to avoid giving it away the implant releases the pleasure hormone during interrogations. But to avoid depression he has kept the implant on for more than a year. It is now giving out and slowly killing him. While Bashir searches for a cure, Garak tells him contradicting stories about his past. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first time that Cardassia Prime is mentioned and the first time that the Cardassian home world is actually named. See more »


Garrak complains that the station is constantly too bright. However, when Bashir is looking after a recovering Garrak, in his quarters, the lights appear to be on a high setting. See more »


Elim Garak: Here, I've brought you something.
Dr. Julian Bashir: What is it?
Elim Garak: "Meditations on a Crimson Shadow", by Preloc.
Dr. Julian Bashir: More Cardassian literature?
Elim Garak: I think you'll find this one more to your taste. It takes place in the future, during a time when Cardassia and the Klingon Empire are at war.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Who wins?
Elim Garak: Who do you think?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Never mind, don't tell me. I don't want you to spoil the ending.
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Boy it sucks to be Garak....
19 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" reveals much about Garak--the enigmatic and tricky Cardassian 'tailor' living on the station. When the show begins, Garak is doing what he often does--he's having a meal with his BFF, Dr. Bashir. Without warning, Garak doubles over--in intense pain and in immediate need of hospitalization. What follows is Garak's story--how he was once a dreaded and powerful leader in the Cardassian Obsidian Order as well as his fall from grace.

While this isn't among the more exciting episodes of the series, it's an important one because it makes Garak A BIT pitiable and a bit easier to understand. Worth seeing.

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